Fun for everyone in Columbia
Let's face it: not everybody in your life loves plastic models as much as you do. That's okay - bring them to Columbia anyway. Why? Because Columbia, with its wide array of fun things to do, has something for everybody: walking tours, museums, art, fine food, and great shopping opportunities. There's no need for the special people in your life to feel left out; they can enjoy what Columbia has to offer while you're at our convention. (If you're not careful, you might even be able to plan a great family vacation around us.)
The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau website has plenty of information on what our great city has to offer, but here are a few nearby attractions we particularly recommend. Please visit each attraction's website for details on operating hours, directions, admission fees, and other current information.
Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia
It's about a seven-minute drive from downtown, but if you're bringing the kids, this is a must-visit attraction. This award-winning zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing more than 350 species, and features 70 acres of themed botanical gardens.
EdVenture Children's Museum
211 Gervais St., Columbia (adjacent to the SC State Museum)
It's a museum made just for children, and it's the South's largest. Full of hands-on exhibits that show kids just how much fun it is to learn, EdVenture lets children immerse themselves in the wonder that surrounds them in this world.
The South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais St., Columbia (adjacent to EdVenture)
This huge museum houses four floors of all things South Carolina. Explore exhibits about the state's flora and fauna, view priceless artifacts from historic moments in South Carolina history, and explore the frontiers of science and space. Hands-on exhibits mean fun for everybody.
The Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street (Main at Hampton Street), Columbia
A nationally-acclaimed gallery that houses an impressive permanent collection, the Columbia Museum of Art also hosts touring exhibits and special exhibitions. The permanent collection includes Botticelli's Nativity, Monet's The Seine at Giverny, and art glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The South Carolina State House
1100 Gervais St., Columbia
Self-guided and guided tours of the historic State House are available during business hours, and self-guided tours of the State House grounds may be conducted at your leisure. A gift shop offers South Carolina-themed souvenirs.